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Episode 253: Where angels fear to tread: NewsGuard takes on fake news

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Russia

  Our interview is with two men who overcame careers as lawyers and journalists to become serial entrepreneurs now trying to solve the “fake news” problem. Gordon Crovitz and Steve Brill co-founded NewsGuard to rate news sites on nine journalistic criteria. Using, of all things, real people instead of algorithms. By the end of the… Continue Reading

Episode 252: In the cyber adversary Olympics, it’s Russia for the gold and North Korea (!) for the silver

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Russia

  We interview Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike on the company’s 2019 Global Threat Report, which features a ranking of Western cyber adversaries based on how long it takes each of them to turn a modest foothold into code execution on a compromised network. The Russians put up truly frightening numbers – from foothold to execution… Continue Reading

Episode 251: Executive Orders and alien abductions

Posted in AI, CFIUS, China, European Union, International, Russia

  The backlash against Big Tech dominates the episode, with new regulatory initiatives in the US, EU, Israel, Russia, and China. The misbegotten link tax and upload filter provisions of the EU copyright directive have survived the convoluted EU legislative gantlet. My prediction: the link tax will fail because Google wants it to fail, but… Continue Reading

Episode 250: We give you Weaver

Posted in China, European Union, International, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

  If you get SMS messages on your phone and think you have two-factor authentication, you’re kidding yourself. That’s the message Nick Weaver and David Kris extract from two stories we cover in this week’s episode of The Cyberlaw Podcast – DOJ’s indictment of a couple of kids whose hacker chops are modest but whose… Continue Reading

Episode 249: Black swans, black ops, BlackCube, and red herrings

Posted in Data Breach, International, Russia, Security Programs & Policies

  In this episode, I interview Chris Bing and Joel Schectman about their remarkable stories covering the actions of what amount to US cyber-mercenary hackers. We spare a moment of sympathy for one of those hackers, Lori Stroud, who managed to go from hiring Edward Snowden to hacking for the UAE in the space of… Continue Reading

Episode 241: “You’ll never know how evil a technology can be until the engineers deploying it fear for their jobs”

Posted in International, Security Programs & Policies

  I propose this episode’s title as Baker’s Law of Evil Technology, something that explains Twitter’s dysfunctional woke-ness, Yahoo’s crappy security, and Uber’s deadly autonomous vehicles. Companies with lots of revenue can afford to offer a lot of stuff they don’t much care about, including protection of minority voices, security, and, um, not killing people…. Continue Reading

Episode 239: The Ministry of Silly Talk

Posted in CFIUS, China, International, Security Programs & Policies

  Today’s interview is a deep (and long – over an hour) dive into new investment review regulations for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). It’s excerpted from an ABA panel discussion on the topic, featuring: Tom Feddo, who currently oversees CFIUS; Aimen Mir, who used to oversee CFIUS; Sanchi Jayaram,… Continue Reading

Episode 237: I’d Like to Teach the World to Troll, in Perfect Harmony!

Posted in China, Data Breach, European Union, International, Privacy Regulation, Russia

  The theme of this week’s podcast seems to be the remarkable reach of American soft power: Really, we elect Donald Trump, and suddenly everybody’s trolling. The Justice Department criminally charges a Russian troll factory’s accountant, and before David Kris can finish explaining it, she’s on YouTube, trolling the prosecutors with a housewife schtick. She’s… Continue Reading

Social Media Laws Can Be Positively Anti-Social

Posted in Privacy Regulation

According to Dan Balz’s new book, the Obama campaign had its employees and volunteers log onto the campaign’s “Dashboard” application using their Facebook accounts, which allowed the campaign to see each person’s Facebook friend list. The campaign would then match the friends’ names to other information the campaign had amassed showing which of those friends… Continue Reading

Facebook Log-In Overkill

Posted in Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

A few weeks ago, everyone agreed that the CFAA civil liability provisions were way overbroad, and the Senate judiciary committee proposed amending the CFAA to abolish CFAA liability for violating a website or webservice’s terms of service. That was the right decision; the unamended law essentially enforced commercial terms of service with criminal penalties. But… Continue Reading